The Kincade Fire, which erupted October 23rd, burnt more than 77,700 acres (twice the size of San Francisco) in Sonoma County; as of November 7th, the fire was 100 percent contained. It destroyed 175 homes and damaged an additional 33. Dry conditions and three high-wind events contributed to a fast-moving wildfire, which led to the unprecedented evacuation of nearly 190,000 residents, more than a third of the county’s population. The fire was the largest of the 2019 California wildfire season to date, and the largest wildfire ever to occur in Sonoma County.
Many powerful moments and stories from clients, partners and Red Cross workers were shared during the Kincade Fire. Visit our blog and Flickr album to learn more.
Learn more about how the Red Cross has helped recovery continue in impacted areas by reading the Kincade Fire Six-Month Recovery Report.
Kincade Fire Recovery Services
The Kincade fire burned more than 77,700 acres and is the largest fire on record to strike Sonoma County.
More than 450 Red Cross workers alongside government and community partners provided shelter, meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents.
More than 9,300 people stayed in Red Cross and community shelters in Northern California.
More than 46,000 meals and snacks were served.
More than 2,700 relief items were provided.
More than 3,100 individual care contacts were made.
How You Can Help
You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to relief efforts for the California wildfires by indicating this in the memo line of a check or in the donation form on redcross.org and print and mail to your local Red Cross chapter.
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October 31, 2019. Santa Rosa, California. Medical Student Samuel Goana provided medical assistance to Santa Rosa resident Elva Valdespino. Red Cross nurse and volunteer Lori Benevanto comforted Elva as she had her vitals taken. Elva needs to monitor her heart and blood pressure daily. “I was surprised when I found out there was medical staff at the shelter that could help me!” Photo by Virginia Becker/American Red Cross
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American Red Cross volunteer Barbara Wood with Jesus, Jovanni and Jonathan Morales at the Halloween party at the American Red Cross shelter at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, in Santa Rosa CA. Photo by Virginia Hart/American Red Cross.
“Many thanks for taking care of me in the Sonoma County Fairgrounds!” A note, enclosed with a donation for Kincade Fire victims, from shelter resident Nancy P.